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blog | June 03, 2014

Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

ERP implementation doesn’t have to be a nightmare! If you’re sure to stick to a few basic guidelines, you can ensure your implementation process goes as smoothly as possible. Make sure management...

By WorkWiseSoftware

ERP implementation doesn’t have to be a nightmare! If you’re sure to stick to a few basic guidelines, you can ensure your implementation process goes as smoothly as possible.

Make sure management is on board.

In order for an ERP Implementation to be successful, the transition to the software needs to have the complete support and commitment of management.  Everyone in the organization will be much more likely to comply with new policies and procedures when they see that management is dedicated to the new system.

Have realistic time and resources expectations.

It’s important to do your research and make sure you truly understand how much time and money it will take to implement your ERP software, as well as the time it will take from employees trying to adjust to the system.

Keep up with milestones.

One of the main reasons that companies fall behind schedule in implementation phase is because of their inability to stick with deadlines. Each milestone marks a critical point in the implementation process, and delays in the schedule can be difficult to make up.

Set goals and stick to them.

Make sure you have goals that are well-defined and can be measured. For example, simple metrics, like win rate, utilization rate, and the project profit margin will allow you to track your success over time. Make sure you assemble an ERP implementation committee who can help determine these goals, and make sure they get done on time.

Hire the right consultants.

A great consultant is essential to the success of an ERP implementation. Having someone with industry experience who can help you throughout the process will help ensure that your project stays on track, and that you get the most from your ERP software. Make sure you hire a firm who has experience with your specific industry, and who is willing to take up to several months to work with your organization through the implementation.

Training, training, training

Even if your ERP system is implemented perfectly, it will be useless if your employees don’t know how to use it correctly. It doesn’t take long for system data to get messed up by employees who are operating the system incorrectly. In addition to training employees according to their specific role, make sure you train multiple people in your organization on every aspect of the system. Try to record and document your training whenever possible

Implementing an ERP system will always be a lot of work, but following these tips can help minimize how stressful it will be. And if it’s done correctly, the payoff will be huge for your organization.

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